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DC's Batman vs Superman Delayed Until 2016

| 18 Jan 2014 14:00
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Warner Bros. Pictures has pushed back the release of the Man of Steel sequel to May 6, 2016, amid rumors of Ben Affleck being injured.

Batman vs Superman, the unofficial title for the upcoming sequel to Man of Steel, has been pushed back to May 6, 2016. Warner Bros. Pictures states in a press release that the reason for the delay is to "[allow] the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story." The change will put the film directly in competition with an untitled Marvel film slated for the same release date. Batman vs Superman was originally slated for release on July 17, 2015. It isn't yet known whether the delay will impact plans for Flash and Justice League films in 2016 and 2017. Man of Steel is expected to act as a prelude for those upcoming DC films.

Henry Cavill will reprise his role as Superman in the film, joined by Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Batman vs Superman will put the two DC superheroes together on the big screen for the first time, but the team-up may be less than friendly. Director Zack Snyder has commented on the relationship between the two heroes, saying, ""It's beyond mythological to have Superman and our new Batman facing off, since they are the greatest Super Heroes in the world."

The delay may be tied to rumors that Affleck suffered an injury during a skiing accident over the holidays. Batman News reports that sources say Affleck injured his ribs and that production on Batman vs Superman would be pushed back six weeks. The press release from DC states that the decision to change the release date "was made following the shift of the start of production to second quarter of this year." Whether or not Affleck did bust up his ribs, fans of the Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel will have to wait another year to see them back on the big screen.

Source: Total FIlm

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